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It’s not due in theaters for two more years, but we’re already being shown that life for Jack Sparrow Captain Jack Sparrow hasn’t changed much in the upcoming fifth edition of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Dead Men Tell No Tales. The previous film, On Stranger Tides, made serious bank at the box office, so Disney pushed on with a chapter five even though I doubt you can find anyone who can recount with any reliability the plot of Jack Sparrow’s last adventure. Of course, it’s not like it matters because money talks and Pirates 5 is currently in production, which brings us to the below photo of Johnny Depp back in Captain Jack form, and getting into trouble with fellow pirates (as always). (more…)

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In just about 3 years, another film in the POTC franchise will take what it can–which, based on history, could be as much as a billion dollars worldwide–and give nothing back, except a reasonably entertaining two hours or so.

Perhaps solely to remind us that they STILL do things other than Star Wars and superheroes, Disney has decided to continue the lucrative franchise with a fifth installment tentatively subtitled “Dead Men Tell No Tales”.

As for who will make up this outing’s cast, we have no information as of yet–though all 4 installments have thus far starred Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa, so the return of one or both of them is more or less assured…..and frankly, I don’t see how you could even consider making a POTC film without Depp–but then, I didn’t think they could (or should) make one without Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley….More after the jump: (more…)

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The new Jurassic Park movie has been slowly, yet surely, chugging along through development, but if you still doubt that it’s actually, finally happening nearly 13 years after the release of Jurassic Park III, you should know that Jurassic World will be released on June 12, 2015. The new name and release date for the film was confirmed tonight by Deadline.

Deadline also further re-affirmed that the film is still under the stewardship of Colin Trevorrow, who will direct his own screenplay written with Derek Connolly. Also, Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley are producing.

The confirmation of Jurassic World for 2015, a film originally set for a 2014 release, means that the movie is becoming part of a very busy summer at the movies that includes The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Assassin’s Creed, Terminator 5, Batman Vs Superman and the recently moved Ant Man. But there’s one flick that Jurassic World won’t have to compete against, and that’s Pirates of the Caribbean 5, which is now looking for a 2016 release date according to Deadline earlier today.

So what’s going on with Pirates 5? Script issues, naturally. Apparently, the latest attempt at a script by Jeff Nathanson is only at the online stage, and for the movie to make its old July 2015 release date, it would have to start filmming in February 2014, which mean the film would have to go into pre-production soon with only an outline and not a completed script, so Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer opted to do the smart thing and wait for a script. Pirates 5 will be directed by Kon-Tiki filmmakers Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg.

More news as it develops.